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8 September 2014

Club News


8 September 2014

Manager on tomorrow's game

Darrell Clarke remains confident that his side can still challenge in the league this season, despite a disappointing performance on Saturday.

The manager knows there will be set backs along the way, but he still has belief in his squad.

He said: “I will get this club into the top five this season without a shadow of a doubt.  It is going to be difficult, and there are going to be times when we take some hits along the way.

“But I know that this squad of players, with one or two improvements throughout the season, will get us in the top five. We have just got to keep the belief.”

Although the team will have to perform better than they did in the second half against Braintree on Saturday.

Darrell said: “The last 30 minutes of the second half was not good enough and we crumbled. It is not acceptable to crumble like that, but one or two things did go against us on Saturday.

“I don’t know what it is, but over the years, this club has struggled to come back into games.

“I don’t know if it is a mental fear or not, but you have to keep going until the last ball is kicked. It felt to me that at 2-0 we chucked in the towel, and that is not acceptable.

“It is two steps forward and one step back, and it has how we respond now that is key. It is up to the players to lift the crowd tomorrow.

“Our home form has been pretty strong at the start of the season, and it is up to us to get the fans going, as they will be a little bit despondent and rightly so.”

The manager knows what he wants to do with his side tomorrow.

He said: “I will see what the reaction is, and see what the players are like on the training pitch this morning.

“I have got my team in my head, and there may be one or two things that I need to freshen up, as we need to keep the ball better than we did at times on Saturday.

“Jake Gosling will be back in the squad. Mark McChrsytal had a baby over the weekend, but he will be back in training today and we will take a look at him.”

And Wrexham come to the Memorial Stadium tomorrow having won their opening three away games this season

Darrell said: “They come on a good run of form with a good away record.

“They are an experienced non-league team and ex-league team. They have good players and have made a couple of good signings.

“Like every game we play, it is going to be difficult. When you lose on a Saturday you want a game straight away and it is pleasing we can try and put it right tomorrow night.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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